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Donor Bill of Rights

BPL Supporters

Financial Information

  Make a Gift

Please give to the Birmingham Public Library’s Annual Fund. Your gift will sustain fundamental activities of the library including:

• purchase of books and ebooks, magazines, and newspapers for research and pleasure reading
• purchase of databases like, ReferenceUSA, and Morningstar
• programs and projects that encourage reading, discussion, and learning
• programs and materials that promote early literacy and student achievement
• materials and equipment that help us to preserve the history of Birmingham and Jefferson County

Your support will allow the library to serve more than 1.7 million visitors per year at 19 locations spanning the city. Your gift makes possible more than 3,000 programs annually that serve 60,000 children, teens, and adults. You allow the library to maintain a collection of more than a million books and other reading and research materials from reference books to the latest fiction. Your generosity allows the library to care for 30,000,000 historic documents and 500,000 photographs that document the area’s history.

On behalf of everyone at the Birmingham Public Library and the Birmingham Public Library Foundation, thank you for your generous and continued support of the oldest cultural institution in Birmingham.

The Birmingham Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. Law.

Benefits of Giving

Name on donor page, website, and in annual report; invitations to library events.

Scholars ($100-$249)
The above plus first option to buy a discounted book at BPL's author book signings.

Bibliophiles ($250-$499)
The above plus free signed copy of A Woman of the Town: Louise Wooster, Birmingham's Magdalen by James L. Baggett.

Authors ($500-$999)
The above plus an invitation for two to our annual donor reception in the beautiful Linn Henley Research Library.

Professors ($1,000-$2,499)
The above plus four tickets to Birmingham Noir, a walking tour of historic downtown Birmingham, and a limited edition print by a local artist John DeMotte.


Donor Bill of Rights

The Birmingham Public Library Foundation supports and promotes the Donor Bill of Rights as promulgated by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:  

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers. 

The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and adopted in November 1993. 

BPL Supporters

The Birmingham Public Library and the Birmingham Public Library Foundation are grateful for the generous support of the following individuals, foundations, and corporations. The following made donations to BPL between September 2012 and September 2013.

Bookworms ($1-$99)
Sharon Lawson
Rosalind McCastle
Gerda O'Leary
Mitch Reid
Adrian Reynolds
Denise Rucker
Megan M. Rucker
Eladio Ruiz De Molina
Ellen Savage
Teresa Ceravolo
Margie Giberson
Barbara Renda Hutto
Janine Langston
Erwin Mangrum, Jr.
Sydney Rucker
Bruce W. Seals
Elizabeth Swift
Jesse T. Weldon, Jr.
Michael D. Williams
Judy Lawrence
Renee Rogers
Scott Evans Ewing
Valerie Farman
Charles Hall
Susan Haskell
Mary Susan Lewis
Mary Robert Oliver
Althea Patterson-Farley
Judith A. Bridges
Olivia Alison
Larry A. Appleton
Patricia G. Bennett
Glenda Boyd
Janet Caldwell
Judith T. Coffey
Margaret Frentz
Virginia Guthrie
Elizabeth Hawkins
Stacy V. Huffman
Carla Jean Whitley
Amanda McGough
Cassandra McLendon
Laura Kate Whitney
Henry L. McShan
George Winston
Jim and Joyce Cauthen
Epiphany Book Club
Farah Ferguson
Sandi and Wayne Lee
Martha M. Council
Lori Merricks
Nicole Sarampote
Jennifer Cloe
Amaranth Club
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Barrett
Sonya Boatwright
Javacia Howard Bowser
Jonathan Coleman
Jubal Gibson
Michael Gray
Vee W. Jacobson
Phyllis Mark and Jennifer Sanders
Beatrice Kay Kinnear
Rashada Leroy
Jeremy Noblitt
Sherri Ross Walters
Kristy Stewart
Bill Tankersley
Katina Walton
Billy and Judith White
Germaine Wynn
Barbara White
Glenn and Kelsey Bates
Jeniese Hosey
Leah Bigbee
Jason M. Gruber
Angela Fisher Hall
Marilyn and Lewe Sessions
Virginia Bailey
Gail Davis
Ryan and Adrian Zebot

Scholars ($100-$249)
Ann Best
Birmingham Jewish Foundation
Harold B. Blach, Jr.
David C. Blake
Jack Branch
Tonorey Callins
Fatima Carter
Earlean Chandler
Cassandra Coddington
Harry and Bettye Coughlin
Marilyn Crain
Hugh Croft
Tiffeny Curier
Mildred E. Davis
Dirt Daubers Garden Club
East Lake Chapter #3450 of AARP Inc.
Cynthia Ehrett
Ronald Fritze
Ann H. Furst
Kay Garner
Renitta and Jay Goldman
Greater 11th Avenue Bake-off Group
Highlands School
Takiyah Hood
Theresa Jones
Deidra Mayes
Sabrina Mays
Elizabeth McLean
Nathan Salter and Adrian Smith
Outlet Shops of Grand River
Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens Maintenance and Perpetual Care Association, Inc.
Silvertron Cafe
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
John Thomas
Twickenham Doll Club
Arthur and Gwendolyn Welch

Bibliophiles ($250-$499)
John and Regina Ammon
Liesel French
Natasha Ivory
Tony and Jackie Smoke
Ernest Burnley
Blair Liggins
Rikesha Foster
Alabama Central Credit Union
Laura Lieb
Yawntreshia Coleman
Sheetal Desai
Ellen Chandler
Mary R. Somerville
Philip Barbour

Authors ($500-$999)
Jeanne B. Alexander
William and Mary Blake
Ann Forney
Steven and Stephanie Hunt
Dolores Hydock
Pete M. Hanna Charitable Foundation
Slice Stone Pizza & Brew
James Sullivan
Altamont School
Haruyo Miyagawa
Larry Crow, Jr.
Irene S. Blalock
Mitchell and Hope Cooper
Forest Park/South Avondale Business Association
Samuel David Herring
Regions Bank

Professors ($1,000-$2,499)
Arthur K. Black, Sr.
Arthur K. Black, Jr.
Daniel and Brooke Coleman
Huisking Foundation
Solomon Kimerling
The Caring Foundation and Corporate Giving of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Ichiro Miyagawa
Jeffrey Northrup
Faith Chapel Christian Center
James and Marjorie White

Patrons ($2,500-$9,999)
Cotchery Foundation
Alabama Humanities Foundation
Rita and Sol Kimerling Family Fund
Saint Andrews Episcopal Church Saint Andrews Episcopal Church
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pantazis, LLC

Benefactors ($10,000 +)
Alabama Forever
Friends of the Birmingham Public Library
Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation
Philip A. Morris
Patricia Todd
Alabama Power Company Foundation
Maude Davis Robertson Trust
Daniel Foundation of Alabama


Financial Information

990-EZ Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax


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